(From 2011 Vintage) ZD Pinot Noirs can be deep and lovely wines at the best of times, but even in those times, they often tended to come with more than their share of pushy, roasted vanilla bean oak that gave them a singular character and tended to bother people who liked their oak to be more classically Burgundian in style. Happily, this one seems suited to all palates with its ZD-like depth, its supple yet slightly firm structure and a caramelly, lightly toasted oak overlay that seems perfectly fit to the rest of its personality. Try mating a standing rib roast to its rich flavors.
(From 2012 Vintage) This Pinot Noir made with grapes harvested from a Napa Valley Carneros vineyard has a medium ruby color and aromas of briary strawberry and raspberry preserves. Subtle hints of vanilla give way to a lush, silky palate with more bright fruit, rhubarb, and cedar notes. Ten months aging in French Oak barrels resulted in a delicious Pinot Noir wine with great depth and complexity.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIncredibly well-defined, harmonious aromas redolent of ripe red cherries, sweet strawberries, seductive oak smelling of toast and creme brulee lead to a surprisingly supple, almost velvety texture that would seem to belie the wine's tender years. It is endowed with ample fruit in its deep, rich flavors, and if a touch simple at this writing, the wine has everything in place for further develop -ment and promises to get better and better over the next three to six years with quiet cellaring.